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Adjective
Having a forbidding appearance
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“To many, mangroves present a dark, brooding environment, not easily penetrated and full of horrors such as sandflies, mosquitoes, and crocodiles.”
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Being deep in thought, or characterized by thoughtfulness
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“Lord Seaforth had no such distraction from his brooding thoughts, no such refuge from his own society.”
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Bad-tempered or sulky
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“Daddy's in a brooding mood, so we crack our crabs quietly and suck out the meat without hardly making a sound.”
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Forgetful or careless due to distraction
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Having a somber or dismal atmosphere or nature
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(of a person) Reserved or uncommunicative in speech
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Characterized by an abnormal and unhealthy interest in disturbing and unpleasant subjects, especially death and disease
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(archaic) In a late stage of pregnancy
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The act of thinking
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A series of pleasant thoughts that distract one's attention from the present
Verb
Present participle for think deeply about something that makes one unhappy, angry, or worried
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“I gasped, and ever since I have been brooding on the most tactful way to put it.”
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Present participle for to keep an egg warm, allowing it to hatch
“Parents appear to brood newly hatched chicks for only a few days.”
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Present participle for to worry about something, especially on one's own
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Present participle for suffer a mental and physical decline, especially because of a broken heart
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